Thank you to all the volunteers who made this weekend’s Blueberry Bluegrass a complete success. And even bigger thanks to all the patrons who purchased tickets, camped, bought raffle tickets and merchandise, and supported our vendors, food trucks, musicians, and the businesses of Stony Plain this weekend: the festival cannot exist without your commitment and… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2022
Wilson Banjo Co. Six Degrees of Separation Pinecastle An odd recording, this. And I use the word ‘odd’ deliberately and without negative judgement. Six Degrees of Separation is odd because, well—we just don’t get that many bluegrass albums built around one man’s banjo creations. Steve Wilson is a recognized master at building the 5-string banjo,… Continue reading Wilson Banjo Co.- Six Degrees of Separation review
Two (delayed) reviews have been published at Country Standard Time: it seems to be taking longer to receive CD via the mail, despite the best efforts of PR and record company folks. I appreciate those industry members who continue to see value in servicing me with CDs for review consideration. Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett… Continue reading Shawn Lane/Richard Bennett & Carolina Blue reviews
From the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive: Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau- Blue Lonesome Wind (Rebel REB-CD-1768) 44:44 Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau inhabit that frequently uncomfortable place between retro- traditionalism and artistic experimentation; with Blue Lonesome Wind, their sophomore effort, ABG has achieved a melding of musical alchemy which should satisfy fans of all… Continue reading Auldridge, Bennett, & Gaudreau- Blue Lonesome Wind review
My review of Flashback’s second album is published at Country Standard Time. Flashback is a ‘bluegrass supergroup’, three-quarters of whom played on J. D. Crowe’s Flashback album of almost 25 years ago. It is a strong outing. If you like bluegrass, you should find a lot to appreciate here.
My review of the latest guitar-heavy, bluegrass album from Richard Bennett has been posted to the Lonesome Road Review. The title track is getting some satellite radio play, and I believe the album is something all bluegrass fans should find appealing. But, I’ve been wrong before.